You may have seen on the news this week about a eruption of a Volcano near Tonga in the pacific – due to this and the flooding in Fiji caused by the large waves from the eruption we had to leave….

Only joking! I may have felt a slight ripple in the sea whilst supping on a cocktail (thanks Paul & Jane!) under the sun.

Fiji was truly beautiful and a complete unspoilt paradise. On our last day myself and Charlotte took a boat out into the sea to go snorkeling. The boat and it’s crew (Benny!) took us out into the middle of the ocean and suddenly informed us that this was our entry point and that below us was a huge coral marine reserve.

Charlotte asked worriedly “will there be any sharks?” Benny replied “If you’re lucky!” Earlier that day I had spoken to a local fisherman who had informed  me the ocean was full of Tiger Sharks, Mako Sharks, Barracuda, Sea Snakes and other exotic creatures such as Sea Turtles.

We reluctantly put on our flippers, goggles and snorkels and I jumped in first (Charlotte refusing until she had witnessed my survival!)…

Well what followed was one of the most amazing experiences we have ever had. The boat sped off and Benny told us he would wait at the end of the coral and pick us back up. The colours and the fish were just indescribable but I will try to anyway. In the middle of the sea there was this massive mass of different colours, plants, coral, fish all mixed in together. It really was like being in ‘Finding Nemo’! Coral stretched out for as far as the eye could see, crevices, ledges and caves would appear below that stretched off into the the murky depths with shadows of unknown fish circling in and out. Huge anenemies housed schools of colourful fish including to mine and Charlottes delight Nemo, Dory and Gil! Alas we didnt see any sharks thankfully but as we swam along the coral edge dropoff we witnessed some large fish.

We left Fiji the following day to head to Auckland, of which the flight was only 3 hours long.